Science Art: From Here, a number of broken gifts for the carpenters and lovers...., by Lorenz Stöer, 1567.

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The title here is the best I could render from the middle German “Hier Inn etliche zerbrochne Gebew, den Schreinern in eingelegter Arbeit dienstlich, auch vil andern Liebhabern zu sondern gefallen geordnet unnd gestelt.” This is the German title of a book better known as Geometria et Perspectiva.

It’s a book of geometric games done by an engraver, Lorenz Stöer. This is the 10th of 11 plates of what Public Domain Review calls “geometric landscapes,” though I discovered them…

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Science Art: Florarctus antillensis Van Der Land 1968, from "Tardigrades marins des Bermudes," 1970

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A water bear from Bermuda, as published in 1970 (a good time to be in Bermuda). Florarctus antillensis was apparently first discovered in the coral sands of Curacao, also a rather nice place to be doing biological research. Tardigrades, famously, can survive just about anywhere, including in the vacuum of space. If you could live anywhere, I suppose Curacao and Bermuda would be pretty high on the list.

I found this fellow in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s copy of th…

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SONG: Satellite of Love (penitential cover)

SONG: “Satellite of Love” (a penitential cover). (I also made an .ogg version.)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for I’m not even sure which song – I think March. It was originally by the Velvet Underground, although the canonical version is the one Lou Reed did later on with David Bowie.

ABSTRACT: Back in April, my college buddy Christian recorded a Velvet Underground song with his teenage son, and it turned out really prett…

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SONG: Cluster Anatomy

SONG: “Cluster Anatomy”. (I made an .ogg version, too.)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Science News, 2 June 2020, “A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart,” as used in the post “Mapping the heart’s little brain.

ABSTRACT:
At first, I thought I might do a song about two entries – because the mapping the little brain one wound up getting posted right next to a mapping of a Roman city by ground-penetrating radar. I was going to try to interpolate a verse from the Yeah Yea…

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Science Art: StyleGAN2 Example 2, Jan 2020

Scientific illustration of a man who doesn't exist, generated by a neural network computer.Click to embiggen
Wikimedia Commons’ description of this average-looking guy simply reads: The man in this image does not exist. This face was constructed by a GAN program.

The licensing info is: This file is in the public domain because, as the work of a computer algorithm or artificial intelligence, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.

A GAN is a generative adversarial network, a computer system (network) that generates (creates) new things by having, in essence, two com…

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Music’s in the genes.

7 July 2008 grant b 0

Scientific American presents a scathing indictment of my forebears as it reveals a link between genetics and musicality: In what the researchers called the first […]

Fireworks.

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Or the next best thing: New Scientist’s gallery of supernova remnants. Here’s the most recent photo: Click to embiggen; photo credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team This […]

Mushrooms and meaning.

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Johns Hopkins researchers are getting profoundly trippy, PhysOrg reports, in a research project that found psychedelic mushrooms can have long-lasting spiritual effects: “Most of the […]

Four-legged Fish.

30 June 2008 grant b 1

It walks! It has gills, but by goodness it WALKS! The BBC isn’t quite so enthusiastic in describing the discovery of a four-legged fish fossil: […]

Spray-on skin.

26 June 2008 grant b 0

PopSci‘s got skin in a can. I mean it. An aerosol. You spray it on burns. It’s skin in a can: Within the next five […]

Neanderthals About Town.

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PhysOrg.com puts on the Ritz with a new discovery about the sophisticated Neanderthals of Great Britain: “The tools we’ve found at the site are technologically […]

SONG: All Our Tomorrows

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SONG: “All Our Tomorrows” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”) ARTIST: grant. SOURCE: “DNA Retrieved from 1,000-Year-Old Vikings”, LiveScience.com, 28 May 2008, as […]